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Oscars Preview: 'King's Speech'… For the Win?!!

February 22nd, 2011 4:08pm EST
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Only a few weeks ago, it was all golden for David Fincher’s study of greed in our modern, technological world, The Social Network. It had taken the majority of the Oscar predicting awards for Best Picture (including the Golden Globe), and it seemed to be completely unbeatable in the upcoming finale to the awards season, the Oscars.

But then, The King’s Speech, the constant second place finisher to Social Network's champion, started winning everything. It began with the Producer’s Guild Award, which raised an eyebrow; but, I was willing to pass that off as older Hollywood showing preferenc...

Rob Riggle to Lead CBS' Home Game

February 12th, 2011 1:26pm EST
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Former Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle will star in the CBS comedy pilot Home Game, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

CBS orders Mark Wahlberg and ESPN-inspired pilots

Inspired by the life of three-time Super Bowl champion Mark Schlereth, Home Game will focus on a retired NFL player (Riggle) who ...

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'The Fighter' Comes To DVD, Blu-ray & VOD March 15

February 12th, 2011 7:00am EST
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Directed by Academy Award® nominee David O. Russell, "The Fighter" has received seven Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale), Best Supporting Actress (Melissa Leo and Amy Adams), Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing.

The powerful, uplifting and remarkable (Wall Street Journal) film tells the story of working-class pugilist Irish Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and his against-all-odds triumph in the ring that united his fractured family and brought pride to his blue-collar hometown.

Bale portrays Ward’s troubled older brother,...

Mark Wahlberg Showed his Kids the Bloody Reality of Tattoo Removal

February 8th, 2011 11:12pm EST
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Mark Wahlberg is trying to scare his children off the idea of getting tattoos - the actor made his two eldest witness him undergo laser treatment to have his ink removed.

The star first went under the needle when he was just 11, but the one-time bad boy has since transformed himself into a family man and wants to remove his skin art in a bid to set a good example to his four kids.

He recently said, "I just don't want my kids to think tattoos are cool."

And Wahlberg admits he's taken to more extreme measures to ensure his daughter Ella, seven, and son Michael, three, are well aware of the...

'Twilight' Director Slams 'Sexist' Film Producers For 'Fighter' Snub

February 8th, 2011 12:46pm EST
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Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has slammed studio bosses behind acclaimed boxing film The Fighter, insisting they refused her an interview because she's a woman.

Hardwicke was in control of the hugely successful first installment of the vampire series and helmed the highly-anticipated big screen retelling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale.

However, Hardwicke insists that despite her successes behind the camera, sexism in Hollywood still stops her getting jobs - explaining how chiefs behind Mark Wahlberg's Oscar-nominated film only had male directors on their shortlist.


Mark Wahlberg: 'I Need To Get A Diploma Before My Kids Graduate!'

February 1st, 2011 8:41am EST
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Actor Mark Wahlberg is heading back to school - he plans to hire a private tutor so he can complete his education.

The Fighter star endured a turbulent childhood, spiraling into drug addiction and spending time behind bars after dropping out of school in his teens.

However, despite going on to forge a hugely successful Hollywood career, Wahlberg still has ambitions to boost his academic ability.

He tells Britain's The Sun, "I need to get a diploma before my kids graduate! I definitely want to further my education. I've got a few years.'

"Somebody was on a plane with me recently and said...

Mark Wahlberg Not Bitter About Oscars Snub

January 26th, 2011 2:12pm EST
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Mark Wahlberg is adamant he doesn't feel bitter about missing out on a Best Actor Oscar nod for his role in The Fighter - insisting he's "so excited" to see his co-star Christian Bale nominated.

The Hollywood actor stars as real life boxing legend 'Irish' Micky Ward in the new picture, while Bale appears alongside him as Ward's half-brother Dicky Ecklund.

The film garnered a number of nominations when the Academy Awards shortlist was announced on Tuesday, including a Best Picture nod, while Bale will compete for the Best Supporting Actor prize.

Wahlberg, who also acted as a producer o...

Melissa Leo Wants To Bring 'The Fighter' Mom To Oscars

January 26th, 2011 1:50am EST
Oscar nominee Melissa Leo wants to take the woman she played in gritty new film The Fighter to the Academy Awards with her next month.

The actress has called on ailing Ward family matriarch Alice Ward to join her at the Oscars - but she won't make plans until doctors give her the go-ahead to invite her.

The 80 year old suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this month and was briefly declared dead.

She made a miraculous recovery, was placed on life support and has since regained consciousness.

Leo tells USA Today, "She's in fragile condition in a Boston hospital... but it would be super for ...

Biggest Oscar Surprises Of The Last 10 Years... What's Next?

January 19th, 2011 12:34pm EST
Every year, the Oscar nominations seem all sewn up. There are so many predictors – winners of critics’ awards, Golden Globe nominees and winners, BAFTA nominees and the SAG nominees. Yet somehow, almost every year, a nominee slips in out of nowhere, and pundits shake their heads asking, “Where did that come from?”

This year’s Oscar nominees will be announced next week, Jan. 25. We won’t speculate yet, but there are bound to be some surprise nominees, even to the pundits.

Let’s take a look back at the last 10 years and look at what was particularly surprising among the major Oscar nomin...

Mark Wahlberg: 'I Stopped Smoking Weed For My Kids'

January 12th, 2011 8:46am EST
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Family man Mark Wahlberg recently talked about his decision to quit smoking marijuana.

He explained, "I stopped smoking weed for my kids. One day, we were driving and you could smell it from somewhere. My daughter asked what the smell was so I told her it was a skunk. Then she said, 'Sometimes daddy smells like that!' to me and my wife. So I knew I had to quit."

The actor was left $500,000 out of pocket by the time he finished filming recent film The Fighter because he spent more money preparing for the role than he was earning.

However, Wahlberg's gamble appears to have paid off - he r...

'The Fighter' Generates Oscar Buzz, With Good Reason

January 2nd, 2011 10:34pm EST
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I’m a Boston girl, born and raised, so I think I was genetically predisposed to love “The Fighter.” The film, set and filmed in Lowell MA and the surrounding area, chronicles the true story of two boxing brothers and one man’s quest to win the World Championship. It sounds corny, I know, but take a peek at the cast list: Mark Wahlberg plays boxer Micky Ward while Christian Bale tackles the role of Micky’s junky, washed-up older brother, Dicky Eklund. Amy Adams portrays Charlene, Micky’s tough-as-nails girlfriend.

Director David O. Russell used tight shots and a largely hand-held camera ...

2010 Year In Entertainment Review: January

January 1st, 2011 9:08am EST
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2010 was an incredible year in the world of showbiz, with the usual headline-grabbing antics, scandal, sleaze, celebrity births, star weddings, and bitter break-ups.

Here, WENN takes a look back at 2010...


Matthew McConaughey became the first new celebrity dad of 2010 when he and Camila Alves welcomed baby Vida into the world, but they weren't the only couple celebrating births. Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell experienced the joys of fatherhood all over again, while supermodel Claudia Schiffer and actress Monica Bellucci were bursting with excitement after announcing their pregnan...

Christian Bale: 'I'm Starving All The Time'

December 29th, 2010 9:01am EST
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Christian Bale is tired of playing emaciated characters in movies like The Fighter and The Machinist.

He explained, "There's no easy way of doing it; I'm starving all the time...I don't go looking for these things...I'd love to get something where I could just have a little pasta, some wine and get a bit of a paunch - that would be great."

Mark Wahlberg stars in the inspirational docudrama "The Fighter," exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward.

A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half...

Spotlight On Celebrity Babies Of 2010

December 28th, 2010 8:00am EST
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A bunch of our favorite celebrities welcomed babies this year, including a very special adoption by America's sweetheart Sandra Bullock. And of course, the baby names were fantastic, including Egypt, Liberty, and Eddy and Nelson, to name a few.

Check who popped one out this year!

Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camilla had a daughter on January 3 they named Vida Alves.

Mark Wahlberg and his wife had Grace Margaret on January 11.

"Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi struggled with medical problems, but finally on February 20 welcomed Krishna Thea.

Christina Milian and The Dream have sin...

Amy Adams Needed A Beer Gut For 'The Fighter'

December 20th, 2010 8:30am EST
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Amy Adams was forced to shed her insecurities for her role in new movie The Fighter after director David O. Russell banned her from hitting the gym before donning lingerie to film love scenes with Mark Wahlberg.

The Oscar nominee admits she was self-conscious about how she would look on camera in sexy underwear and wanted to tone up before she had to shed her clothes.

But filmmaker Russell stopped her from doing so because he wanted to ensure her portrayal of Charlene, a working-class barmaid, was as realistic as possible.

Adams tells Parade magazine, "David said, 'This is kind of how we...

Amy Adams Recalls Street Fight With Drunken Friend

December 18th, 2010 9:24am EST
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Actress Amy Adams once became involved in a street brawl with a friend who attempted to drive after a booze binge.

The Enchanted star plays Mark Wahlberg's onscreen love interest in new movie The Fighter and Adams admits she's thrown a punch herself in the past.

She tells talk show host Chelsea Handler, "Yes, yes I have. It was a good reason... she was really drunk and she wanted to drive and she was just being unreasonable and she was trying to get her keys from me and I thought in the movies - I was like 24 at this time, I wasn't in movies - they slap people to get them to be reasonab...

'The King's Speech' Leads 2011 SAG Award Nominations

December 16th, 2010 10:49am EST
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British monarchy drama The King's Speech and boxing film The Fighter are leading the nominations in the motion picture categories at the 2011 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, earning four nods each.

Both movies will compete for the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture prize, alongside Black Swan, The Kids Are All Right and Facebook-inspired film The Social Network. The King's Speech star Colin Firth is among nominees in the best actor category, which also saw nods to Jeff Bridges (True Grit),

Robert Duvall (Get Low), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Jam...

Christian Bale Sings 'Powerpuff Girls' Theme Song (Video)

December 15th, 2010 2:00pm EST
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Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg sat down with ABC News to talk about their new movie The Fighter. What they didn't expect, however, was to end the interview with a song. After some gentle convincing, Mark Wahlberg belted out his really bad version of "You've Got The Touch" from Boogie Nights and Christian Bale sang... the theme song from The Powerpuff Girls?

It's a song he's been singing throughout his house, he says, thanks to the fact that his daughter is a huge fan of the cartoon. While Bale absolutely did not want to sing anything from Newsies, he seemed genuinely happy wi...

Mark Wahlberg Lost $500,000 Making 'The Fighter'

December 15th, 2010 12:49pm EST
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Mark Wahlberg was left $500,000 out of pocket by the time he finished filming The Fighter - because he spent more money preparing for the role than he was earning.

The Hollywood actor took a massive pay cut to play real life boxing star 'Irish' Micky Ward in the biopic and he blew his salary on paying personal trainers to teach him how to fight. Wahlberg ended up losing money by the time filming finished, but he has no regrets about taking such a financial risk on the low-budget film.

He tells Sports Illustrated, "I spent more money paying my trainers and having them travel with me tha...

Golden Globes: Who's In, Who's Not & The WTF

December 15th, 2010 9:41am EST
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As reported earlier, the Golden Globe nomination list is out. Among films, ‘The King’s Speech’ leads with seven nods, closely followed by ‘The Social Network’ and ‘The Fighter’ with six apiece. ‘Inception’ and ‘Black Swan’ made strong showings as well among dramas. On the comedy side, ‘The Kids Are All Right’ – which needed a pre-Oscar boost to stay a contender – landed nominations for Annette Bening and Julianne Moore (although, strangely, not Mark Ruffalo) and for Best Comedy – where it’s a surefire winner, unless you can see some brainless foreign journalist voting for ‘RED,’ ‘Alice i...

2011 Golden Globe Nominations Announced; 'King's Speech,' 'The Fighter' & 'Social Network' Lead The Pack

December 14th, 2010 9:47am EST
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The King's Speech is leading the charge for the 2011 Golden Globe Awards after landing seven nominations.

The cinematic tale about the British monarchy is heading up the main categories with nominations for Best Picture (Drama) and Best Director for Tom Hooper, while Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter and Geoffrey Rush have all received acting nods.

Boxing film The Fighter and Facebook-inspired movie The Social Network trailed with six nominations apiece, including mentions in the Best Picture (Drama) category, which also saw nods to ballet movie Black Swan and sci-fi blockbuster Inception...

Amy Adams: 'I'm One Of Seven Kids So You Have To Fight For Everything!'

December 9th, 2010 6:20pm EST
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Actress Amy Adams stepped into the boxing ring in preparation for her role in The Fighter - to prove she was rough enough to play the girlfriend of Mark Wahlberg's brawler character Mickey Ward.

Director David O. Russell wanted the Enchanted star to appear as Wahlberg's love interest in the legendary boxer's biopic, but he wasn't entirely convinced she could pull off the part as tough-talking Charlene Fleming. So she pulled on her boxing gloves and learned how to throw a punch or two to satisfy the filmmaker.

She says, "I did have to take some boxing lessons. David, when he cast me, to...

There's No Place Like Home For Amy Adams & Her Red High Heels

December 7th, 2010 9:00pm EST
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Amy Adams showed up to "The Fighter" Los Angeles premiere wearing bright shoes. We like it because it jazzes up her somewhat plain dress. What do you think?

Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' "The Fighter," an inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward.

A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Bale) -- a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for the count due to drugs and crime -- perennial ...

Christian Bale Joins 'Long Haired Freaky People' Club (Photos)

December 7th, 2010 11:00am EST
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Check out a long-haired bearded Christian Bale at the afterparty of the Los Angeles premiere of "The Fighter" at Grauman's Chinese Theater, Los Angeles, yesterday.

What do you think of his hippie-like look?

Mark Wahlberg stars in Paramount Pictures' "The Fighter," an inspirational docudrama exploring the remarkable rise of Massachusetts-born, junior welterweight title winner "Irish" Micky Ward.

A determined pugilist whose career in the ring was shepherded by his loyal half-brother, Dicky (Bale) -- a hard-living boxer-turned-trainer whose own career in the ring was nearly sent down for t...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Tourist,' 'The Tempest' & More

December 6th, 2010 10:03am EST
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I was blown away by Darren Aronofsky’s intense psychological thriller “Black Swan” starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis. This film, which tells the story of a ballet dancer (Portman) cast in the title role in a production of “Swan Lake,” successfully conveys the immense pressures of professional dancing, showing the dark effects that it has on the body and the psyche.

The dancers starve themselves almost to the point of emaciation so that they can preserve their place in the dance company. As the main character Nina, Portman’s body clearly shows signs of significant weight loss and ma...

The Social Network Triumphs At National Board Of Review Awards

December 2nd, 2010 10:55pm EST
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Director David Fincher's The Social Network has been hailed by America's National Board of Review after sweeping the board with four top awards, including Best Film Of The Year.

The movie's star, Jesse Eisenberg, has been named as Best Actor, while Fincher was honored as Best Director and scriptwriter Aaron Sorkin claimed Best Adapted Screenplay for the film, which chronicles the invention of

The organization announced the awards for the top movie talent of 2010 on Thursday. The board's picks often claim Oscar gold at the Academy Awards.

Meanwhile, Lesley Manville was prais...

Review: 'Two Jews On Film' Agree 'The Fighter' Is A Knock-Out (Video)

December 1st, 2010 11:20am EST
'The Fighter' directed by David O. Russell (The Three Kings) takes place in the blue collar neighborhoods of Lowell Massachusetts. The year is 1993. This is the true story of boxer Mickey Ward (MarkWahlberg) and his relationship with his half brother, former professional boxer and crack addict, Dickie Ecklund...played by the extraordinary Christian Bale. Mickey idolizes his brother, Dickie. Dickie's claim to fame is that he once knocked down Sugar Ray Leonard in the ring...Although some say...Sugar Ray slipped. Dickie is self destructing fast and Mickey must make a go down ...

Mark Wahlberg: 'My New Regimen Consists Of A Bottle Of Red Wine And A Lot Of Food'

November 23rd, 2010 3:16pm EST
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Mark Wahlberg's wife Rhea Durham has given the action man a holiday ultimatum - get back in shape or else!

The movie star has spent four years getting in tip-top shape for his new boxing movie The Fighter, but as soon as filming ended, Wahlberg stopped going to the gym - and started to get a little fat.

The actor tells WENN, "My new regimen consists of a bottle of red wine and a lot of food and I'm enjoying myself."

"My wife is like, 'You're starting to look really bad! I'm like a former Victoria's Secret model. If you want to hold onto me, you gotta do something!' So I'm back in the ...

Mark Wahlberg: 'I Believed In This Movie'

November 12th, 2010 6:33pm EST
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Mark Wahlberg has no regrets about sacrificing a large pay packet to ensure his latest film The Fighter went ahead - because the movie "had to get made."

The actor plays boxer 'Irish' Micky Ward in the biopic, but the project suffered a series of setbacks when co-star Matt Damon and director Darren Aronofsky dropped out, while negotiations to sign up Brad Pitt also fell through. The film also went from being a big budget movie to a smaller independent film, meaning Wahlberg to reportedly forego most of his salary to keep the project afloat.

However, Wahlberg is adamant he made the right...

Even In Weird Dresses, Eva Mendes Is Hot

November 12th, 2010 8:46am EST
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We spotted Eva Mendes at the photocall for "The Other Guys" at the Santo Mauro Hotel in Madrid yesterday. Although her dress is a little busy (stripes & cherubs?), she still looks fantastic. What do you think?

A desk-jockey detective and his tough-talking partner get their moment to shine in the buddy police comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, and directed by Adam McKay ("Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby").

Eva also stars in the upcoming film "Last Night" in which a married couple (Sam Worthington and Keira Knightley) finds ...